Those live whom the LORD protects; yours is the life of my spirit. You have given me health and life.

Responsorial Psalm ISAIAH 38:10, 11, 12ABCD, 16

R. (see 17b) You saved my life, O Lord; I shall not die.

If I ever wrote anything in this blog that you should remember it is this…the Lord saves.  Because of that, I fear nothing that isn’t of the Lord.  I don’t fear death anymore because I live by the commands of God and He will raise me after my last day here on earth.  I don’t fear evil because evil can’t conquer me if I have the Lord living inside me.  I don’t fear illness, poverty, famine, bad weather, bad food, traffic jams or any other “fear” you can think of to add to this list.  As long as I have God as my moral compass, I believe I can overcome all of life’s setbacks and keep moving forward to attain eternal happiness in heaven.  God is the way; God is the Truth; God is the Light by which I strive to live every waking moment of my life.

I do have qualms about certain things in life.  Government overreach is one of them.  I don’t want to go on a rant about government and how they pass laws that they seem to be exempt from, but in reading today’s Gospel I was reminded of that hippocracy.  See if this shakes any leaves off your branches this morning too…

Gospel MT 12:1-8

Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath.
His disciples were hungry
and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them.
When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him,
“See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath.”
He said to the them, “Have you not read what David did
when he and his companions were hungry,
how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of offering,
which neither he nor his companions
but only the priests could lawfully eat?
Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath
the priests serving in the temple violate the sabbath
and are innocent?
I say to you, something greater than the temple is here.
If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
you would not have condemned these innocent men.
For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.”

Do something great for our Lord today – thank Him for being the Creator of Life – the Creator of all life – the Creator of YOUR life.  And don’t ever forget who is the Lord of the Sabbath…my brother and yours – Jesus Christ, the Son of Man.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.

But you man of God, chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.  Compete well for the faith.

Eternal God, in Whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion – inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us so that in difficult moments we may not despair nor become despondent but with great confidence, submit ourselves to Your holy will which is Love and Mercy itself.

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